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PM Modi, President Sirisena inaugurate India-renovated stadium in Jaffna

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Srilanka President Maithripala Sirisena jointly inaugurated the renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna, the capital city of the North Province of Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena was present at the stadium in Jaffna, while Prime Minister Modi joined the event through video-conferencing from Delhi.

The stadium, which is named after former Mayor of Jaffna, late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by India at a cost of over Rs 7 crore.

The stadium has a seating capacity of 1,850 and will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities. It will also assist in overall development of the youth of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.

The stadium, which has not been in use since 1997, witnessed its first major event when students practiced yoga ahead of World Yoga day.

While inaugurating the stadium, President Sirisena said, "This is a historic occasion which will strengthen relations between India and Sri Lanka."

"I would like to thank the Indian government for giving us the financial assistance for renovating Duraiappah stadium," he added.

PM Modi also spoke about supporting Sri Lanka in its "path to progress" saying,"Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on Yoga Day."

He added, "Our relations are not limited to the confines of our two governments but reside in our rich culture,art and language."

-with inputs from ANI

First published: 18 June 2016, 12:46 IST